Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…

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Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….

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A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…

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Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…

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6 Clever Ways the Travel Industry is Making the Most of Pokemon Go

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Poke Stop at Watertown Hotel, Seattle (Photo from MeetMeinSeattle) Less than one month after its launch, Pokemon Go has become the most downloaded app on Apple’s App Store ever, as well as the mobile game with the most active users in the United States, with a record 21 million users. Nintendo, which owns The Pokemon…

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15 Items Hotels Could Eliminate

Hotels & ResortsNews

In an effort to remain profitable in the competitive hospitality industry, a growing number of hotels are eliminating guest room staples such as bibles and bed scarves, and cutting back on labor-intensive offerings such as artistically-folded towels and toilet tissue. In a series of blog postings on hotelmanagement.net, editor Glenn Haussman details 15 items that…

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How Planners Can Handle 3 Top Challenges

PlannerTips & Tools

Meeting planners often feel overwhelmed because they frequently face a steady stream of challenging tasks that must be successfully accomplished in a brief period of time. There are no easy solutions to addressing the situation, but here are some helpful tips to address three main challenges, adapted from eventinterface.com. A Sellers’ Market: The demand for…

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Death of the Hotel Business Center

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When was the last time you set foot in a hotel business center? If you are like most meeting planners, it was probably ages ago. While a well-equipped business center used to be a hallmark of a fine hotel, personal laptops, tablets and mobile devices have basically rendered them obsolete. The Good Ole Days Hotel…

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Bizzabo’s List of ‘Top Event Profs to Follow’ IDs Who’s Who in Industry

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Bizzabo recently published a list of the top 60 event professionals to follow on Twitter based on event coverage and overall digital presence—and we’re happy to see that lots of familiar faces within the Smart Meetings family made the list. According to Bizzabo contributor Stephanie Schutz, the list was compiled using Klout scores, Moz Page Authority,…

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NHL is Gambling on Hockey in Las Vegas


The entertainment capital of the world is about to add a new attraction. On June 22 the National Hockey League (NHL) revealed that it is bringing a new franchise to the city, the first expansion the NHL has permitted in over 15 years. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement at Wynn Las Vegas following…

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